1. Easy to shake out a pumped forearm
2. Faster to place screws and other protection whatever they might be
3. Easy to traverse since you can match on a tool
4. You can switch hands on a tool
1. If your feet slip and you can't hold on then you fall
|Grivel Alp Wings baby!|
My tool for 5 years has been the Grivel Alp Wing. A great tool. They don't make it anymore. With just a few small changes it turns into a great leashless tool. Steve House used a pair of these on the first alpine style ascent of the Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat - leashless. I figure I can claw my way up a local waterfall with them.
Next I wrapped the entire shaft up with some F4 tape. I would highly recommend this stuff. It's cheap, grippy, waterproof, and pretty long lasting. It literally fuses to itself with no adhesive. It's impossible to unwrap it after it has had a chance to fuse, which is about 1 day. If you want to remove it just cut it off, and it comes off clean no goop. The Petzl grip tape is the same thing but is $10 for 1 meter. The F4 tape is $17 for 36 feet. You do the math.
That's it for now.
Other future changes I would make:
-add some sort of additional hand support higher up, similar to the new Petzl Quark
-perhaps some sort of tether to prevent dropping them from high up